Explore the Studio from home

Notice: The Wharton Esherick Museum is currently closed.

In light of rising coronavirus cases in our area, we are pausing our tour operations for the remainder of our 2020 season and will remain closed through January and February. The safety of our guests, staff, and community is our highest priority and we look forward to welcoming you back in the spring.

While we’re closed for tours, we encourage you to stay connected to the Studio through our online resources. You can browse our Collection Highlights, explore the Notes from the Studio blog, or join us for an upcoming virtual program, all from home!

“If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing”  –Wharton Esherick

The Wharton Esherick Museum celebrates and preserves the legacy of American artist Wharton Esherick, who worked primarily in wood to create furniture, furnishings, utensils, interiors, buildings and more.

A National Historic Landmark for Architecture, his hilltop studio/residence, with more than 300 of his works on exhibition, has been preserved much as it was when the artist lived and worked there.

We invite you to visit the Museum through a guided experience for which reservations are required.


“A complete expression of one man’s intensely personal fusion of fine craftsmanship with the wild flights of the imagination.”

Anne d'Harnoncourt, former director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

“Fun, neat, creative, colorful, comfortable, smooth, flowing, exciting, cool, twisty, wavy, and extraordinary.”

Second graders describe their visit to the Wharton Esherick Museum
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Remembering Mansfield “Bob” Bascom

Mansfield Bascom, Co-Founder of the Wharton Esherick Museum, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 26, 2020 at the age of 96. We invite you to share your memories of Bob, and help us celebrate his life and legacy, on our Memorial Page here »

Bob Bascom, Wharton Esherick Museum

The 27th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition

2020 Theme: Wood and…

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Along with museums and businesses across the country and around the world, the Wharton Esherick Museum closed in mid-March and has suffered substantial financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donate now and help us recover from these unexpected losses with creativity and resilience.

Thank you!

COVID-19 Studio Relief Fund